Apr 13, 2018

Apple uses 100% renewable energy to power its global facilities

Renewable Energy
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The US technology firm, Apple, has announced that it powers all of its global facilities with 100% renewable energy. The c...

The US technology firm, Apple, has announced that it powers all of its global facilities with 100% renewable energy.

The company is using clean power in its retail stores, offices, and data centres across 43 countries.

Apple is sourcing its electricity from a range of renewables – solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells micro-hydro generation systems, and energy storage solutions.

The firm has 626MW of renewable capacity spanning across 25 renewable energy projects – as well as having 15 projects in the pipeline, which will bring its total capacity to 1.4GW.

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“After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone,” stated Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.

“We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”

According to the company, it has cut 54% of its greenhouse gas emissions from a 2011 baseline.

Apple also claims that it has saved just short of 2.1mn metric tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Drax
Biomass
Sustainability
BECCS
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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